Isabel Waidner: The Goldsmiths Prize 2021 Winner

Thu 18 Nov 2021 | 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Isabel Waidner Goldsmiths Prize winner 2021
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Sterling Karat Gold, the third novel by writer, critical theorist, and creative writing lecturer Isabel Waidner, has won this year’s Goldsmiths Prize.

Isabel Waidner was announced as the winner of the £10,000 prize rewarding mould-breaking ‘fiction at its most novel’ at an online ceremony on Wednesday 10 November.

Sterling Karat Gold is the second of Waidner’s books to be shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize – We Are Made of Diamond Stuff was a finalist in 2019.

The Goldsmiths Prize was launched in association with the New Statesman in 2013 with the goal of celebrating the spirit of creative daring associated with Goldsmiths as a university, and to reward fiction that breaks the mould and extends the possibilities of the novel form.

Cambridge Literary Festival is delighted to be hosting the first event with the winner, Isabel Waidner who will be in conversation with judge Kamila Shamsie, live online.

Kamila said: “Isabel Waidner collides the real and the mythic, the beautiful and the grotesque, to mind-bending effect. Time-travel constrained by the limitations of Google Maps and trials out of Hieronymus Bosch never out-dazzle the human heart in this novel of friendship, art, injustice and all that can be imagined and unimagined”.



Venue: Winter Festival Online 2021

Duration: 1 hour | 8pm GMT

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Isabel Waidner  was born in and grew up in Germany before moving to the UK at the age of 20. They are the author of three novels: Sterling Karat Gold (2021), We Are Made of Diamond Stuff (2019) and Gaudy Bauble (2017).


Kamila Shamsie is a judge on this year’s Goldsmiths Prize, she is the author of five novels, including Burnt Shadows which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction, and has been translated into over 20 languages. She has also written a work of non-fiction, Offence: The Muslim Case. A trustee of Free Word and English Pen, she grew up in Karachi and now lives in London

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